From SLC, head East on I-80, then take I-215 south. Take exit 4 for 3900 S, and turn left. At the first light (Wasatch Blvd), turn left. At the next light, turn right, which leads you into Millcreek Canyon. The Big Water TH is located at the very end of this road, 9 miles up the canyon. The trail starts in the SE corner of the parking lot.
Distance: 5.5 mile (loop)
Elevation gain: 1,300 ft
Time: 3-4 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash on ODD days. Must be leashed on EVEN days.
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/Permits? There is a $3 fee upon exit, or FREE if you buy the Annual Millcreek Pass ($40). Millcreek Canyon does NOT accept the National Park Pass, American Fork Pass, nor the Mirror Lake Highway pass. No permit is required to hike this trail.
The trail starts in the SE corner of the parking lot, and immediately crosses a bridge.
The trail turns West for a few minutes, before turning south.
There were a ton of Sticky Geranium on the Big Water/Dog Lake Trail.
At the first trail split, continue straight. You will now see Dog Lake on all the trail signs. The official trail name is Upper Big Water.
Crossing bridge #2. Each bridge is a great place to let the dogs get a quick drink on the trail.
Working our way up the shaded trail, and the switchbacks. The nice things is that this trail is never super steep.
At the next trail split, continue right, for Dog Lake.
The trail alternates from very narrow to very wide at times.
Several Colorado Columbine's dot the trail.
Finally, we arrived at Dog Lake. The dogs ran quickly ahead to jump in the lake and to play with balls and sticks!
Group photo with my group, Hiking in Utah - With our Dogs! We hike every Tuesday night at 6:15pm, and we hike a different trail each week. Our hikes are posted on Meetup, and we also have a facebook group to share photos and ideas. The dogs love hiking with their buddies each week, and all know each other really well. It's also a great way to make new friends!
Tallie, my cover girl, waits for her toy to be thrown into the lake.
All the dogs wanted the same ball!
To make this hike a loop, head back the same way you came, but at the very first trail split, turn right. At the 2nd trail split, turn right again. This will create a 5.5 mile loop, taking you back to the parking lot. You can go back down the same way you hiked up, but I just prefer loop hikes.
At the 3rd trail split, continue straight.
You will cross a few more bridges.
And you will cut through some open meadows.